Monday, October 16, 2017

Nevada State Railroad Museum

I have many more pictures from Rio Vista, but for a change of pace I think we'll pay a visit to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.  While this is of course a state-funded operation, a significant role is played by volunteers.

This is the entrance building and visitor's center.

Naturally, the favorite home-town railroad is the famous Virginia and Truckee.  The entrance building has some cosmetically restored locomotives and a car on permanent display.

And this is the Inyo.

Then one of the Kimball cars, #4.   It's not open to the public, to preserve it.

They did a beautiful restoration job on this car.  The conductor you see at the far end is a dummy.  No comments, I know what you're thinking.

This car is equipped with Miller Hook couplers.  The plate on the end of the platform you see in the picture above has the patent information.   (The picture below has been turned upside down so you can read it.)

 There's also a large collection of highly-detailed models, of which these are only a few.  It appears almost the entire roster of V&T steam has been modeled, as well as the McKeen car, which we'll see up close next time.

And this is the clock which provided the V&T with standard time:

The museum has a number of narrow-gauge pieces, so there's a lot of dual-gauge trackage outside.

The gallows turntable is dual-gauge, four rails.

This recently restored narrow-gauge engine was on display, but not operating.

And pulled by a standard-gauge shop goat.

Next time we'll see some of what's in the much bigger carbarn and shop.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

If you knew what the gnu Evernu

Another ad card from a Key System "Bridge Unit" at Rio Vista.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Western Railway Museum Pt. 2

WRM has an outstanding collection of electric railway cars, mostly from the immediate area.  Let's look at the many ones on display in the publicly-accessible barns.  WRM also has an excellent website with a very thorough roster, so mostly I'll just link to their description. 

We'll start in carbarn 1, I think, the first built.  The sides don't reach all the way to the ground, so the lighting is a little unusual.  Sorry for the glare.

A Melbourne car, of course:

The interior is much like the 65.

Key System 987  (built by Key System; second car at WRM)

Blackpool boat car.

Now we walk over to the newest carbarn with Jim.  This building is insulated and air-tight, although not heated or air-conditioned.  But in this climate, it provides a very good controlled environment for the equipment stored inside.  It is opened to the public for guided tours after mainline trips.

Another bridge unit,  Key System 187.  The various bridge units had minor differences in paint schemes, interiors seating, and so on.

And then the oldest cars in the collection, rebuilt from steam-hauled Brooklyn elevated coaches built in 1887.  Key System 561.

The interiors seem to have been little changed over the years.

OK, I think this is Western Pacific 741:

Note that this locomotive has not only an ordinary style pan, but also vertically-opening pans for side-mounted contact in the plant facility.

One of the SP combines:

Note the side rods:

And several wooden box cars:

And this is the interior of Sacramento Northern 1005:

And the 751:

The obs car has a control position at the rear for backing moves.